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Visits and other fun

school visits

I'm currently offering visits to Reception and KS1. Visits will probably be based on my latest picture book texts, My Must-have Mum and A Hat Full of Sea (publishing May 24). Assemblies and class sessions are available for you to mix and match. I'm taking bookings for spring and summer 2024 in Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and beyond.

As a performer with years of children's theatre experience, I make my events engaging, dramatic, varied and fun. I have a BA in Drama (University of Bristol) and an MA in Writing for Young People (Distinction) from Bath Spa University.

My presentation usually includes a quiz or a lucky dip in the Magic Book Bag, writing tips and Q&A. An assembly can be adapted to suit Reception and KS1 children or whole primary schools. Classroom workshops involve lots of slides, show and tell and plenty of interactive activity, as well as a reading. Using the themes of my books I will introduce story starters and leave you with some creative writing activities that complement the work we do during my visit.

I'm based near Bath but welcome any bookings which are practical. Virtual visits are a possibility too. Please contact me to discuss: maudiesmithlook@gmail.com

You can see me reading from My Must-Have Mum in the video here

And here are my suggested class activities to use alongside the story

 

Some very nice things people have said about my visits

Tracy Hager, Area Children and Youth Librarian, Wiltshire Libraries

Maudie does one of the best author events I’ve ever seen. Her passion and enthusiasm for books mixed with her professional acting background makes for an enthralling, silly, and highly interactive session.

Bourneville Primary, Weston-Super-Mare 

Maudie's visit was fun, engaging and accessible for all children.  She had carefully planned the PowerPoint  for the different year groups and provided different resources to support these sessions.  The assembly that opened the day was excellent and insightful. Staff commented on how well the children stayed focused on Maudie and they really enjoyed how she promoted the magic of books.

 

Oakhurst First School, Dorset.

I have had all positive feedback from the staff and children; they all thoroughly enjoyed it and felt inspired. It was great that you highlighted how you used to find writing tricky, especially the mechanics , but are now a successful author. It gave hope to so many. Even some of my more challenging children had their hands up to share their brilliant ideas for the stories.

 

Just wanted to let you know how much Keevil School enjoyed your visit on World Book Day 2017. All staff said how much fun they and their classes had. You really made the day ALL about books - rather than just dressing up!! I know lots of children in my class are really enjoying/have enjoyed your books and are inspired to read more! Couldn't ask for more really!

Made it all the way down the page? Then here's a bonus video for you. It's me narrating The Dressing-up Dad written by me and illustrated by Paul Howard. Hope you enjoy it!

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